Vanilla Chia Refrigerator Oats

Have you ever wondered how someone comes up with a fabulous idea that catches on literally overnight? Here lately, people have become much more aware of the food they are consuming and starting to eat healthier. Case in point: soda sales are at the lowest point since 1995, that includes diet soda. As the age of technology brings information to our fingertips and make it easy to keep track of our diet, social media sites like PinterestFacebook, and Twitter have millions of people sharing their stories of weight loss and change of diet along with recipe after delicious recipe.

Some of the recipes that have become nearly over night hits are things like flourless cakes, fat bombs, chia pudding and one extremely favorite hit at the moment… Refrigerator Oats (aka Overnight Oats). There are countless variations on it, so many ways you can make them and it’s something that is super easy and quick. Mix it together before you go to bed, the next morning you have breakfast ready. Can’t beat that! I have to tweak most any recipe due to food sensitivities and allergies, but so far, they have all turned out terrific!

This one is originally from 24 Carrot Life and called for almond milk which I have a severe intolerance to tree nuts so I can’t use it. I have side effects from soy, so that’s out of the question too. Coconut milk is a great option and it’s not “coconutty”. I’m not a fan of a strong coconut taste so the health benefits with a very subtle flavor is right up my alley!

ingredients

Since I am gluten free (sensitive to it too), the oats have to be gluten free too so Bob’s Red Mill is what’s available here. Not many ingredients and so easy to whip up!

layers

This is what it looks like before shaking it all together. It looks pretty good. Wonder how it tastes? Hmmm.

Ready to go

Here it is next to my fresh raw milk. I cut up my extra large size organic strawberries and added them before shaking a second time.

INGREDIENTS
    • 1/2 cup rolled oats, gluten free optional
    • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
    • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
    • 1 tablespoon honey, maple syrup or agave
    • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    • 1/2 cup coconut milk (or milk of choice)
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INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Combine all ingredients in a jar. Close the jar and shake until well combined.
  2. Place in the refrigerator overnight and add more milk in the morning if you would like a thinner consistency.
  3. Top with fruit and/or granola.
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